TALLER PUERTORRIQUENO INC

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2721 North 5th Street Philadelphia PA 19133 USA

Mission: Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc. (Taller) is a community-based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture, grounded in the conviction that embracing one's cultural heritage is central to community empowerment. Taller is also committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions and our common roots.
Target demographics: promote Latino arts and culture
Geographic areas served: Philadelphia
Programs: - Cultural Awareness and Advance Cultural Exploration Programs introduce young students to renowned local artists, performers, and educators who guide the children on a year-long journey of self-discovery. The program encourages self-expression through classes in traditional disciplines such as folkloric dance, salsa, drama, ceramics, painting, and printmaking. - Youth Artist Program is a two-year program for talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. With the guidance of professional artist mentors, students develop their artistic skills and produce a solid portfolio of work they can use to apply to highly competitive arts colleges and universities. Graduates of this program have gone on to Moore College of Art and Design, The Philadelphia Art Institute, and Arcadia University, among others. - Visítenos is an outreach program in which K-12 grade students and their teachers engage in creative exploration of Latino cultures through videos of traditional dances, music records, and hands-on experiences with vejigante masks, drawing and painting, dance, T-shirt decorating, and more. These experiences meet the criteria of Philadelphia School District Arts Standards and Multicultural Competencies, and promote self-understanding, self-respect, and appreciation for cultural diversity. With this program, Taller touches the lives of over 5,000 participants on an annual basis. - The Eugenio Maria de Hostos Archives is a resource center that includes a varied collection of books, periodicals, articles, oral histories and research often out of print--focusing on Latino culture and history. The Archives are a resource for students and scholars. - The Visual Arts Progam manages the galleries at Taller (The Lorenzo Homar Gallery, Galería de mis Vecinos, and El Vestíbulo) as the region's only art galleries dedicated to Puerto Rican and Latin American and Caribbean art, many of the exhibitions highlighting contemporary artists from the Philadelphia region. Off-site exhibits, like the permanent exhibition at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, provide additional access and audiences to Taller's art collection. - Julia de Burgos Books and Crafts Store, a destination for original Puerto Rican/Latino artwork, crafts, handmade jewelry and collectibles, serves as the only bilingual bookstore of its kind in the Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey region. Augmenting the store is an ongoing series of book readings and author presentations. - The annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium brings scholars from around the globe to Taller for discussions about the relationship between the African Diaspora and Latin American culture that feature lectures and panel discussions.
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I adopted Philadelphia as my home after college in part because of the strength of its neighborhoods. Friendships drew me to the Puerto Rican community and then to Taller which well earned its name as "the Cultural Heart of the Barrio". I am drawn to the energy, passion, warmth of their events. I love learning and experiencing the richness of latin culture. I love the mixing of generations. I have such respect for their commitment to staying in the barrio despite the many challenges this presents.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

dancing salsa, singing latin christmas carols, being familiar with wonderful latin artists works

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about latin culture

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create the new building to consolidate all the functions under one roof with outdoor space to draw in many more participants. This money could also help solidify funding for staff and programming.

Ways to make it better...

I were able to speak and understand Spanish well

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Taller Puertorriqueño exists in an area where poverty, drugs and teen pregnancy are above the average. Taller provides an alternative to young people. With opportunities to express themselves in art and theater, and with adults who have survived and excelled in a rough environment, youngsters can feel that there is a future beyond the danger and anger they experience in their environment. Soon, with enough money, there will be a new neighborhood center for Taller's activities and neighborhood events. What a bonus it can be for the North Philadelphia neighborhood.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

As a non-Hispanic, I have long supported and volunteered for Taller Puertorriqueno because, despite its origins and hence its name, it represents the cultures of the peoples of all our Spanish speaking Caribbean island and Latin America neighbors - cultures whose art, music, dance, literature and architecture are deep and rich. As our own country becomes more Hispanic, it is vital to promote the creative brilliance of our Latin neighbors as a tool for understanding and friendship. For over 35 years and with an excellence that has earned it so many awards and accolades, Taller Puertorriqueno has enriched the Philadelphia region with the gift of the Latino arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the growth of my own understanding of Latino arts, my growing mastery of Spanish, and the precious friendships that have sustained me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

alter its name to indicate its commitment to all Latino cultures.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sharing it with my other non-Hispanic friends and seeing how much they enjoy their experiences at Taller Puertorriqueno.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nearly all Spanish speaking, hard working, competent, devoted to Taller Puertorriqueno, and fun to be with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its programs and hire more staff as well as fund the new building they hope to build and desperately need.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund raising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Executive Director is deservedly well-known and highly respected in the city of Philadelphia and in arts communities throughout the country,

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

My personal experience with Taller has been a very long and positive one. I was one of the individuals that was originally around when a group of youth were meeting at ASPIRA,Inc. of PA and talked about racism, discrimination and what every other ills existed in the mid-70s. At that particular time, Puerto Ricans were searching for a place to identify with. You had the dominant class, and you had African-Americans, and Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia did not seem to belong any where. Based on the need for Self-Identity, Cultural Awareness, and the need to enhance our self-esteem as a people, the idea of Taller, which means "workshop" and of course Puertorriqueno, identified us. The idea was to have a workshop where young Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia could work together to learn about our rich history, cultural, ancestory, our language, authors, artists, artisans, etc. We wanted to find out who we were. We wanted to be proud of our heritage, and with this pride, we could ignore the folks that constantly called us "spics". Taller has been key in the development and appreciation of culture, language, arts and Latinos as a people. I personally, thank Taller for making me feel so proud and passionate about who I am, and where I came from. If Taller did not teach us that, who would? Not the traditional sources of education, at least not back then. Taller has transcended generations, has struggled to continue to exist and continue its mission. Taller is genuinely the cultural heart of "El Barrio" in Philadelphia, and as an individual who has lived in Philadelphia since the age of three, I give thanks to Taller for instilling in me my cultural pride and identity, which I inturn have passed down to my children and their children. Taller is needed in our community today, as much as, it was needed in the 70s, because although it is a new day, there is a need for positive reinforcements for our youth, a place our youth can feel comfortable about expresssing their creative talents and being encouraged rather than shot down. Taller is a place that our community can say yes to. Taller has been and continues to be one of the organizations, I am most passionate about. Taller has impacted and help raise many community leaders. I know that Taller definitely assisted in my personal growth and development.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting me to live in this country and maintaining by ethnicity, cultural background and native language. Taller provide cultural education about my heritage that I could not get in the traditional schools.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy the work that Taller does whether its with the Youth Artist Program, Art Exhibits, Cultural Education Programs, and meeting and speaking to Latino Authors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers I met at Taller were very educated, compassionate individuals who are committed to the mission of Taller.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build the Arts and Cultural Center it plans to build, add additional staff, and expand its programmatic base. With 10 million dollars Taller could have a financial cushion,which is not found in many non-profits.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if Taller had more resources. Organizations like Taller find it very difficult to receive funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The funding sources are drying up and it gets harder for all not profits, but especially organizations that deal with the Arts.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-11-01

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